WASHINGTON - What would the Stacey Dash of 2016 say to the Stacey Dash of 1995?
"Pay more attention to politics. I'd have more money now," she said through laughter as she spoke to Holly Morris on GoodDayDC. She stopped by the studio Monday to talk politics and about her new book, 'There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative.'
Dash, best known for staring in the 90s comedy Clueless, was heavily criticized for her transition to conservatism during the 2012 election.
TRANSITION TO CONSERVATISM
"I was always conservative. I just didn't know that's what it was," she said. "I didn't realize it. I think a lot of people are in inner cities and they just don't know that's what they are."
Dash says that her transition to political conservatism came from the reality in which she lived. "Well, from paying attention, from understanding what a conservative is. What it means to be a republican, you know, I like more money. I want to keep my money. I like my gun. I want to keep my gun."
Dash says the shooting at the Orlando nightclub further strengthens her defense of the second amendment.
"It makes me think, you know, had more people been educated and informed about carrying a gun you would have had more good guys in the room who could have stopped this from happening."
"You can take out a guy with a glock," she said. "You don't have to have a big huge gun to take a guy down."
BLACKED INTO VOTING FOR OBAMA
"Because I was 'blacked' into it," she said. “I didn't know anything about him. I just thought, 'Okay, a black president, yes. How wonderful. You know this is going to change everything. This is going to make America great. No more racial problems - no more racial divides. He'll unite us in very profound way.' And he did the exact opposite and that was very disappointing to me. I was very disappointed."
"So when it came time to re-elect him, I said, 'No. I'm not. I can't do it,'" she continued. "So I tweeted the tweet that changed my life -which was vote for Romney, the only hope for our future. But I didn't think that it was going to have that kind of reaction. I didn't think that people were going to be so angered by it. You know, and expect me to vote for someone based on the color of their skin."
Dash said she had never been more bullied than she was when coming out as a republican.
"Because I won't toe the line, and so many people are. Who do I think I am to stand out? If I'm black I have to do what the black people do, or else I don’t think I’m black - or I'm not black enough - or I'm an Uncle Tom - which is ridiculous."
In her book, Dash gets personal. She said her mom offered her a first line of cocaine. She talked about being in an abusive relationship and needing to pull a gun.
"The reason I wrote the book is because I want people to understand that when I say the things that I say, I'm not coming from a place of judgment but from a place of experience. I think a lot of people think I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth and I wasn't. Far from it. So I know what you're feeling. I understand where you are. I understand how you're living. I understand what you want and it also understand how you can get it. You don't have to be where you came from. You know, you don't have to be who the people are around you. You can be yourself."
SUPPORT FOR TRUMP
"I don't know what these disparaging things are," she said about Trump’s remarks about women. "A lot of people say this but I keep trying to figure out what are they?"
She said the wars of words with Megyn Kelly and Rosie O'Donnell were personal disagreements between Trump and those individuals – not against all women.
"He loves women. You can tell he loves women by his family. Look at the women in his family – they’re beautiful, strong, powerful women that have that their own businesses. Their own success. They're not just successful because of daddy or because of their husband. They're successful because they work hard."
Dash says she loved to awkward joke she told at the Oscars and says, even if she could, she would change nothing that she has done in her past.
"I see the American dream. Everything that I want: success for my family and my kids; success as an actress; and possibly running for office one day."
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